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ZiPS Projections: Right Field



    ZiPS Projections: Right Field
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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 12: Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with teamamtes after scoring a run in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in game four of the American League Division Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections are a good measure of what to expect from players in the upcoming baseball season. We'll take a look at the Rangers' projections on a position-by-position basis. Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.

    Today we'll look at the projections for the Rangers right fielder. Shin-Soo Choo was worse than awful over the first half of the 2015 season before eventually finding himself as a platoon option for Jeff Banister and hitting eighth or ninth in the lineup despite making $14 million. Choo hit .221 over the first half of the season and .343 after the all-star break in what of the best single-player in-season turnarounds in recent memory. In 2016, he'll hope to be closer to that second-half version of himself like he was before the Rangers signed him to a $130 million deal.

    Choo:574 plate appearances, 24 doubles, 2 triples, 15 home runs, 53 RBIs, .264 batting average, .372 on-base percentage, .415 slugging percentage

    The big thing with Choo has always been on-base percentage, and until the second half of last season we'd never really seen him at his best in that department. Over the second half, he posted a .455 on-base percentage compared to his .305 mark in the first half of the season. Choo has posted five seasons with a higher on-base than the .375 mark he posted in 2015, but that number is definitely a reasonable one. You'd think if he can post a similar number in 2016, which these projections suggest, it'll be considered a successful campaign for the veteran outfielder.